Metabolic Assessments – The Key to Unlocking Your Potential
by Jeff Buraglio, ACSM EP-C, CSCS
Most people associate the word metabolism with weight loss, but understanding how your metabolism functions at rest and during exercise is extremely important for anyone who wants to unlock their potential and improve their body composition, fitness or athletic performance. A metabolic assessment allows us to “get under the hood” and see how efficiently (or inefficiently) your engine functions, giving us a detailed snapshot of your metabolic profile and your specific calorie requirements and optimal heart rate training zones. Until recently, this medical technology was incredibly expensive and only available in clinical environments and to professional sports teams. Now, with companies like KORR™ leading the way, metabolic assessments are affordable and available to the masses.
Why is a metabolic assessment so valuable? Your metabolism is as unique as your fingerprint. It is influenced by a myriad of physiological, environmental, and genetic factors including body composition, stress, activity and fitness level and diet. Your metabolism is also dynamic. It changes over time (both positively and negatively) in response to changes in those variables. Without a metabolic assessment to accurately measure your metabolism, we must use out-dated estimation equations that, unfortunately, have a significant margin of error. The Harris-Benedict Equation, used to estimate calorie needs, has a +/-500 calorie/day margin of error, and has been found to be accurate for only about 20% of th